Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos is considering firing manager Davey Johnson without settlement for the remaining season on his contract because Johnson directed Roberto Alomar to pay a $10,500 fine to a charity with which Johnson's wife is associated, the Washington Post reported today.
Johnson and his wife, Susan, said the fine _ imposed for missing a team banquet in April and an exhibition game during the All-Star break _ was directed toward a scholarship fund run by a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Susan Johnson said she is involved in fund-raising.
The Johnsons said they saw nothing improper. The fine has not been paid because the players association objected.
Angelos said: "There will be a time and a place when this will be discussed. I choose not to comment beyond that at this point."
ANGELS: Tony Phillips, arrested during the season on drug charges, will not be re-signed.
ASTROS: LHP Tom Martin will have arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow Monday.
RED SOX: The team declined to exercise options on Ps Bret Saberhagen and Jim Corsi. Boston is expected to attempt to re-sign both at lower salaries.
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